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There’s no denying that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a profound impact on businesses across the world. Billions of people are in lockdown around the world. It’s no surprise that production lines have come to a halt, businesses have been forced to shut their doors to the public for the first time in years,...View Article
Staying safe and ensuring the safety of tradespeople, engineers and customers is of paramount importance. We must all evaluate what additional measures we need to take to protect ourselves, our colleagues and our customers. In line with Government guidance, completion of a risk assessment is recommended. Communicate before work begins Prior to visiting a customer,...View Article
As a tradesperson, there are many legalities you need to understand and comply with within your business. IR35 is one of them. It’s a piece of legislation that allows HMRC to collect additional tax where a contractor is an employee in all but name. If you’re trying to understand and navigate the information that comes...View Article
As technology continues to advance, more businesses than ever before are embracing new and exciting ways to showcase their work to new, existing and potential customers. One of the best ways to do this is with video. Whether you share videos on your website or upload them on your social media platforms, videos are a...View Article
We know it’s an uncertain time right now. Last week, we announced how we plan to continue supporting our trade members with their membership costs throughout May. However, we know that your membership costs are only one part of your concerns. In response, we’ve partnered with Claritas Tax, an accountancy firm which provides tax advisory...View Article
Want the chance to win an outside advertising board or set of business cards? One of the simplest marketing tactics to help keep your business in the minds of potential customers is to promote your business offline using a combination of outdoor boards (if appropriate) or handing out business cards when you meet new people....View Article
Preparing and sending invoices is one of the most important parts of being self-employed. This is how you are paid for your work and you want to make sure your invoices say everything they need to and can be prepared and dispatched efficiently. At Crunch, we know compiling invoices can be a confusing task if...View Article
A written contract is essential for completing trade business transactions and for building positive working relationships. What is a contract? A written contract is a signed agreement between two parties, say, a builder and a client, which shows a visual form of the working relationship. A contract is a legally-binding document that holds parties to...View Article
It may feel challenging to start a business. But more of us than ever before are deciding to take a giant leap of faith and start our own trade-based businesses. Many business owners are now doing what they love while reaping the many rewards that come with being your own boss. These include a sense...View Article
They say that a photo says a thousand words, right? This is certainly the case when it comes to connecting and engaging with your target market as a trader. A vital part of boosting your brand image, photos play a huge role in raising awareness of your work. They demonstrate the quality and performance of...View Article
Scaffolding is an essential part of many building jobs, but it can also present a risk. Scaffolding safety is paramount when it comes to working at height. Read on to find out more about scaffolding health and safety regulations. Scaffolding Health and Safety Regulations An excellent working knowledge of scaffolding health and safety rules is...View Article
Whether you’re working on a construction site, kitchen or bathroom refurbishment, a full house clearance or any other trade that involves disposing of materials, skip hire is one of the most common methods used to get rid of large volumes of waste. It’s arguably the easiest way so why choose anything else? There are several...View Article